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Improving Pharmaceutical Sector Governance: Experiences and Lessons Learned from SIAPS

SIAPS is presenting a new webinar, “Improving Pharmaceutical Sector Governance: Experiences and Lessons Learned from SIAPS”, on Tuesday, January 23, at 1:00 pm EST. To join this webinar via WebEx, go to https://mshmeetings.webex.com/mshmeetings/j.php?MTID=m8985a22b0f3904bc014e33da95ac0ec3 Audio-only option for US staff: Call: 650 429 3300 Enter attendee ID: 733 166 365

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SIAPS Showcases Key Approaches at Africa’s Medicine Regulation Conference, Accra, Ghana

The 3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa (SCOMRA), which took place November 27–28, 2017, in Accra, Ghana, focused on “Sustaining the Momentum for Regulatory Harmonization in Africa.” Participants and presenters shared their experiences and lessons learned to contribute to the future of medical products regulation and harmonization in Africa. Staff from the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program presented posters highlighting the program’s work and key findings. SIAPS’s participation in the conference was critical for highlighting the support the program has offered countries to strengthen their medicine regulatory systems since 2011.

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Rapid Evaluation of the Medicines Registration System in Benin

The director of the Department of Pharmacy, Medicines, and Diagnostics (DPMED) wishes to adopt suitable software to strengthen the registration system for medicines and other health products. Although computerization yields improvements in the management of regulatory information, its effectiveness will largely depend on the presence of adequate medicines registration procedures and the system’s overall compliance with regional and international standards. This rapid evaluation thus seeks to analyze and understand Benin’s regulatory information management system for medicines registration, make appropriate recommendations, and propose an action plan based on emerging outcomes.

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Model Business Process Flows for Registration of Medicines: A Guide for Establishing a Standardized Generic Version of SIAPS Pharmadex Software

The introduction of Pharmadex has so far targeted individual country requirements. Currently, under the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization initiatives, efforts are underway to adopt common and harmonized processes and communication platforms for medicine registration in regional economic communities, such as EAC, ECOWAS, and the Southern African Development Community. The purpose of this report is therefore to describe the currently known processes in selected countries and develop a model set of business processes for medicine registration based on internationally accepted standards. These model business processes can then serve as the basis for establishing a model version of Pharmadex’s registration module.

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Strengthening the Supply Chain Governance Framework for Pharmaceuticals and Health Products in the Philippines – Technical Brief

The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development, helps countries promote access to safe, quality, and cost-effective pharmaceuticals and health commodities by using a system strengthening approach that engages stakeholders, builds and strengthens existing health systems, or establishes a new one, if necessary. SIAPS strengthens pharmaceutical governance by working with the Department of Health and all in-country stakeholders involved in managing the supply chain to define roles, responsibilities, and accountability as well as to identify the critical steps moving forward to implement positive changes in the system. SIAPS ensures the involvement of all partners during the whole process. The overall goal is to promote stewardship for DOH and enable continuous, sustained progress.

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Strengthening the Supply Chain Governance Framework for Pharmaceuticals and Health Products in the Philippines

The Department of Health (DOH) is ultimately responsible and accountable for ensuring that Filipinos have access to quality health services. An effective supply chain is essential for DOH to ensure that lifesaving health products are available, accessible, and effectively used for clients.  Recently, the DOH has shown its commitment by creating the Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) in March 2016. SIAPS conducted a thorough desk review of previous assessments and DOH’s various internal SCM policies. SIAPS also helped coordinate meetings with various DOH offices to identify and validate current experiences in SCM and to obtain recommendations to strengthen SCM governance of DOH.

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SIAPS Annual Report: Program Year 6

To learn more about SIAPS program activities worldwide, please read our annual report for program year 6.

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Strengthening Governance in Procurement in Bangladesh

Despite being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the overall health in Bangladesh has steadily improved over the last 30 years. While the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts have resulted in impressive gains in public health, weaknesses in pharmaceutical management, including logistics and supplies, infrastructure, and the low performance of health care providers, remain obstacles to obtaining access to efficacious medicines and quality health services, particularly for the poor. SIAPS has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) since 2011 to implement a series of systems strengthening interventions to support the government’s health objectives. Using a systems-based approach, SIAPS catalyzes effective leadership, good governance, and evidence-based decision making to strengthen procurement and supply chain systems.

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Strengthening Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluating Mozambique’s Regulatory System

In Mozambique, SIAPS has been working with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) pharmaceutical department (PD), which functions as the country’s regulatory authority, to strengthen its capacity at the national level. The PD’s main function is to ensure access to safe, effective, and quality pharmaceuticals through the public and private sectors that contribute to the best possible health outcomes. One of the PD’s priorities has been to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to assess department performance; improve transparency and ensure accountability; help guide the planning, coordination, and implementation of regulatory activities; and foster a culture of evidence-based decision making.

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Introduction of an Electronic Asset Management System in Bangladesh Health Systems: Completion of the Tool Pilot in Moulvibazar District Hospital

In Bangladesh, the government health facilities face a wide variety of health-related challenges and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) must have reliable and timely data on the performances of different parts of the health system to plan, implement, and measure health interventions. Even though the MOHFW procures a large number of medical and non-medical equipment, including IT equipment, there is no systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of those assets cost-effectively. This major part of the public-sector health investment was not addressed in previous health sector programs. The MOHFW worked together with SIAPS in 2016 to address the gap in systematic procedures.  They developed and piloted an electronic Asset Management System (AMS) in the 250-bed Moulvibazar District Hospital (MDH) to manage assets in different facilities from registering stage to decommissioning.

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